Hellhole Awakening (The Hell Hole Trilogy)
by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Cover Artist: Stephen Youll
Review by Jon Guenther
Tor Books Kindle Edition ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765322708
Date: 26 March 2013
Book Description: General Adolphus knows the Monarchy crackdown is coming. Now he needs to pull together all the resources of the Hellhole colony, the ever-expanding shadow-Xayan settlement, and his connections with the other Deep Zone worlds. On Sonjeera, Diadem Michella Duchenet has collected a huge fleet, led by firebrand Commissar Escobar Hallholme, son of the man who originally defeated Adolpus.
Uniting themselves and pooling their minds, the shadow-Xayans send a power surge along the original stringline path that links Hellhole with the Monarchy's hub on Sonjeera. All of the Diadem's battle ships are currently approaching on that route, and when the mental blast wipes out all the substations, the battleships are effectively stranded.
A bigger threat appears. Three asteroids come in from the outer reaches of the Candela system. On Hellhole, the awakened Xayans finally reveal information that has been hidden even from their own followers. A large group of powerful, rogue telemancers split away from the main race. Now that the Xayan civilization is reawakening, these violent fanatics have come back to destroy them once and for all. They are coming for Hellhole, and this time they will completely destroy it.
(Source: Tor Books)